South Madison County School Corporation
South Madison Community School Corporation (SMCSC) serves over 4,600 students in a district encompassing Adams, Green and Fall Creek townships of Madison County, including the towns of Markleville, Ingalls, and historic Pendleton. The school district encompasses approximately 100 square miles in a rural/small town community which is home to 26,045 people (2011 U.S. Census Bureau). Located approximately twenty miles from the northeast side of Indianapolis, South Madison has experienced significant growth along the I-69 corridor. The largest town, Pendleton, is located just two miles from the intersection of State Road 38 and Interstate 69 Exit 219. The community is also just five miles south of the city of Anderson. The district serves as home to several small businesses, a corporate business park, the Indiana State Reformatory, and the Pendleton Correctional Facility. Many residents of the school district commute to Indianapolis, Fishers, and Anderson for their employment.
The town of Pendleton, which is home to the district’s high school, middle school, and one of three elementary schools, is the largest community in the South Madison Community School Corporation boundaries. The Pendleton community, nestled along Fall Creek, is known for its historical heritage, arts and crafts shops, and beautiful Falls Park.
The South Madison economy has historically been fueled by the automotive industry, with large GM and Chrysler operations in nearby Anderson and Indianapolis. The automobile industry, farming, and service occupations are the basis of South Madison’s economy, but these sectors have been downsized. Local businesses are supportive of the school corporation. They appreciate the high-quality education their children receive and participate in numerous advisory committees, parent support groups, and booster clubs.
SMCSC is comprised of five schools - Pendleton Heights High School (9-12); Pendleton Heights Middle School (7-8); and three elementary schools (K-6) -- Pendleton Elementary, Maple Ridge Elementary and East Elementary. Carnegie Learning Center provides alternative education for secondary school students, with the focus on credit recovery.
SMCSC has an increasingly diverse school community and student population. As a result of the housing boom of the late 1990’s, two large housing additions developed in the western part of the school district, bringing new families into the area. Over the past five years, the community has become more diverse, according to U.S. Census 2011 data.
South Madison maintains a clear vision for the district’s purpose and direction. The school board established a vision for the district, Success for All Students, and routinely reflects on progress toward established goals. Each school board meeting begins with the reading of the district’s core purpose and goals as a way to focus discussions on maintaining this focus.
The system’s governing body, district and school administration, certified staff, and non-certified staff work harmoniously to promote and support student performance and system effectiveness.